Thanks for popping in. Had a great weekend in London, although it’s taken me until today to catch my breath and stop aching! 20,000 steps each day?!? Now wonder my leg calves were like lead on Monday!
On Saturday, Grace and I went up ahead of the team, and hooked up with a very special lady and dear friend: Sam Crowe. She’s been off the radar for a while, so it was just great to give her a big hug and catch up. We walked and talked and ate some great food, then walked and talked – and ate some more! Went to the V&A, then walked all the way back to our hotel off Trafalgar Square – yep! We sure did a lot of walking and talking. And eating! The weather was beautiful, and the city vibe was great.
We even saw a Shac Shack!!! Well, nearly….
Then, on Sunday, we met up with many of the Clarity Crew, and spent the day at Olympia, at a trade show called TOP DRAWER. It’s primarily a Gift and Stationery Show – very interesting. It’s important to see what’s trending, and where we fit in…
It was also a brilliant team-building exercise. It’s the first time any of us had ventured out as a group like this. 12 of us…
From left to right:
Dave, Lucy, Lisa, Jazz, Steven, me, Grace, Sam, Jim, Jilly Paul, Leanne.
Look at Paul’s hair!!! Perfect positioning, that man in the background!!
Olympia is a good venue. The show was much smaller than the last time we went, and attendance was pretty low. But hey. That was to be expected. We enjoyed it. It was well laid out and very well organised. I am not sure I would have wanted to be an exhibitor though; the footfall was pretty low. We made some good connections, and met some interesting people. There was some fabulous pottery there too, so I was in my element!
And then, after a superb meal at Pizza Express right opposite Charing Cross, we all made our way home…
I love this picture. I love these people too.
Sam made it back to Heathrow and even caught a plane home too, which is a miracle if you know Sam! We stood outside The Embankment Tube station, and her parting words – in her lovely Geordie dialect – were, “I’ll be fine. I just have to get to Picalilli from Chaaaring Cross” (pronounced Char as in Jar). Oh boy, oh boy. To know her is to love her.
See you in the SHAC tomorrow at 10am, for a shady session!
Love and Hugs